Memorial bench for former teacher

The memory of a Withernsea High School teacher will live on with the unveiling of a memorial bench in the school’s garden.

ABOVE: Brian Hulme, staff photograph early 90s.
Brian Hulme, who taught woodwork, metalwork and engineering at the school for 36 years from 1957 to 1993, was a well-liked and much respected member of staff.   

The bench has been constructed by the school's maintenance technician Mick Westoby and is unique in that it was built with recycled wood removed from a cloakroom area before it was
demolished as part of the rebuilding of the school two years ago.

On Friday 28th October, Brian’s wife June and two of their daughters, Julie Hulme and Carole Stronach, got the chance to see the new bench during a guided tour of the school by Mick before trying it out for the first time, coincidently on what would have been Brian's 82nd birthday.

June Hulme commented: “Brian loved the school which he also attended as a pupil. He would have been so proud of Mick’s wonderful work and it will be a lasting memory of a great man.”

Bench-maker Mick Westoby added: "Brian was a very good friend. He took me under his wing in my early days at the school and taught me everything that I know. I'm glad that I have been able to make this bench as a tribute to him and could not have done so if it had not been for the skills he taught me."

The new bench is sited near another memorial bench in memory of former teacher Fred Davis, which was built by Brian himself in tribute to Mr Davis who died in 1992.


ABOVE: Mick with Brian's wife June and her daughters Julie and Carole. Picture courtesy of Terry Bearpark, Holderness Gazette.

 ABOVE: The bench built by Mick using reclaimed wood from the old school building.


ABOVE: The plaque attached to the bench.


ABOVE: Mick poses next to a bench built by Brian in tribute to Fred Davis another former WHS teacher who taught at the school from 1959 until his death in 1992.

 ABOVE: Fred Davis' memorial bench.